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Nominations have closed for this year’s municipal elections in Ontario, and North Grenville has four people running for Mayor, and eight running for Council. Mayoral candidates are current Mayor David Gordon, Jim Bertram, Nancy Peckford and Elwood Armour. Competing for a council seat are John Barclay, Deron Johnston, Craig McCormick, Jim McManaman, Doreen O’Sullivan, Frank Onasanya, Kristin Strackerjan, and Barb Tobin.

The municipal election takes place on October 22 next, and will be conducted using internet and telephone voting, as well as paper ballots. Eligible electors will be mailed a Voter Information Letter during the month of October that will provide voters with a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Using the PIN will allow voters to vote on-line 24 hours a day for eight consecutive days (October 15-22) from any telephone or device connected to the internet.

On Voting Day, October 22, electors who choose to, will be able to vote by paper ballot at the Municipal Centre between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Voters in North Grenville can vote for one of the candidates for Mayor, and up to four candidates for Council.

Trustees for the four school boards operating in the municipality will also take place on October 22, and there are eight candidates in all.

Rachel LaForest has been acclaimed for the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (French Language Public School), as she was the only one to run for that place.

There are competitions in each of the other boards. Edwil Fleury and sitting Trustee Anouk Tremblay compete for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (French Catholic School Board) position. This Board services Electoral Zone 2 which is comprised of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties.

The Upper Canada District School Board (English Language Public School Board Trustee has two candidates looking for a vote in WARD 6, which covers Edwardsburg-Cardinal, North Grenville, and Prescott: Lisa Swan, the current Trustee, and Andrew Shanks.

There are three candidates for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (English Language Catholic School Board Trustee) covering Grenville County and Elizabethtown-Kitley Township: Brent Laton, the current Trustee, Carol Charlebois, and Jean LeClair.

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